A winning formula: Comedian Robin Ince is heading out on a nationwide tour with a group of scientists

In the last few weeks I have been asked 11 times, "is science the new rock'n'roll?" As we know, in the last 20 years, anything that starts to play to audiences above 17 can be classed as the new rock'n'roll. This is a very limited historical view of what drew the crowds as it only goes back to 1956. Perhaps it should be "is science the new hangings at Tyburn?" or "is science the new barely-armed slaves fighting a hungry tiger?"

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Former Tory MEP Den Dover, who was expelled from the Conservative Party over allegations of expenses misconduct, has been ordered by the European Court of Justice to repay £345,289 in "unjustified" claims.

Harriet Walker: Don't slam the door and then tell us we've got opportunities

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Julian Knight: Another dotcom bubble about to burst? No, not yet

I'm old enough to have started working as a financial hack at the tail-end of the late Nineties dotcom boom, when bunkum phrases such as "first-mover advantage" and "new economic paradigm" were being banded around by wannabe internet millionaires and their friends in the City, trying to rush any old rubbish to market.

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Jury retires in ex-MP expenses trial

The jury in the trial of a former MP accused of fiddling his expenses retired to consider its verdict today.

Jim Devine denies lying in TV interview

A former MP accused of fiddling his expenses today denied in court that he lied in a television interview to give an "air of authenticity" to his claims.

Ex-MP: Worker paid herself a bonus

A former MP accused of fiddling his expenses told a court today that a secretary paid herself more than £5,000 from his staffing allowance without his knowledge.

MP Devine denies expenses conversation

Two MPs did not advise a former colleague accused of fiddling his expenses to take cash from an allowance to pay his staff, a court heard today.

New expenses watchdog is too tough, say MPs – and Cameron agrees

Prime Minister demands reform of stringent new rules as latest rejected claimants are named and shamed

New expenses regime 'impeding' MPs

The new parliamentary expenses regime is "impeding" MPs in doing their jobs and must be reformed within the next two months, the Leader of the House of Commons said today.

Expenses MP 'fiddled stationery orders'

A former Labour MP accused of fiddling his parliamentary expenses asked a stationery company to confirm he had paid for orders when he never did so, a jury heard today.

Ex-MP 'used false invoices for cleaning work'

A former Labour MP accused of fiddling his parliamentary expenses used false invoices to claim for cleaning work that was not done, a court heard today.

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